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Ties that bind: Photographs, personhood, and image relations in Northeastern Australia

Smith, Benjamin


Photographs are a ubiquitous feature of Aboriginal life in Northeastern Australia, with images of relatives being prominently displayed in most Aboriginal houses. This display of photographs is tied to a form of distributed personhood that draws on photographs to create a sense of social immediacy in the absence of close kin. This sense of immediacy also occurs in relation to photographs of the dead, giving these images a particular force for Aboriginal viewers. But further consideration of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Visual Anthropology
DOI: 10.1080/08949460802156375


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